Taj is such a Sesame Street Fan and when Kera changed the birthday party theme from Toy Story (he is a fun of this too) to Sesame Street two months ago, I knew exactly what I was going to suggest for the table centerpieces. I found this on Pinterest and it reminded me of my idea for a valentine topiary and thought I would do use the loofa instead of making a small tissue pom pom
Here is how I (we Kera made Elmo) did it. I chose to demonstrate Big Bird because of his beak.
- Curling Ribbon
- Dowel Rod
- Floral Foam
- Clay Pot
- Modge Podge
- Paint and a Paint Brush
- Decorative Tissue
- Shredded Paper (or Crepe Paper)
- Hot Glue and Tacky Glue
Once the pot was completed I worked on the eyes. They are made of felt. Oscar, Cookie Monster, and Elmo I only used white and black. Big Bird you will also need pink and blue for the eye lids. I just glued each piece onto my white circles.
I then started to work on the dowel rod and used the curling ribbon. Place just a tiny drop of hot glue on one end and wind the curling ribbon around the dowel until you reach the other end, cut the ribbon and hot glue the piece to the rod.
The last part was to add the shredded paper or crape paper to the pot which covered the floral foam.
I think they turned out adorable and we plan on putting up a shelf in Taj's bedroom to use as decorations. Kera loved them too and she made Elmo. This was her first craft and she had a great time. Taj went nuts over them and wanted to play with them.